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The New-Age OS showdown begins.

by sabirnie / October 19, 2006 9:09 PM PDT

We've all read and participated in debates between Operating Systems. Mac vs. Windows...Windows vs. Linux..BSD vs. Linux etc etc.
But in these, the OS warriors tell the others how bad, and what they find annoying in the other person's Operating System.
And this is where this debate forks.
The aim of this debate, is to rag the most on your Operating System of choice.
The OS with the most bad/annoying stuff attributed to it, will be the winner!
Any OS you have/use...Mac OS X...Windows...Linux...BSD...whatever. Even Os/2 and TriangleOS(There's got to be one person using it!)

I'll start:
I use Ubuntu Linux, and one of the things that is REALLY annoying is the fact that each piece of software has a different install routine, and because it's Ubuntu, there's no RPM.
Synaptic manager helps, but the whole ordeal of installing something is hell!

Please show us what you loathe about your OS!

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by benanzo / October 19, 2006 9:35 PM PDT

My gripes:

Linux: I have read to man pages and logfiles.

Windows: uggh...why do I have to reboot 4 times after a security update?

MacOS: smb is flaky. If it's one thing I EXPECT to work OOB, it's LAN file-sharing and osx wouldn't access my win shares or my lin shares unless I mounted them on the cl. not even the 10.4.8 smb patches fixed it. dumb. I hate the one button mouse, GET A CLUE. Apple is the new devil. I feel sorry for ms, I am secretely hoping vista will be a pure work of art to shut that filthy loser jobs the heck up...what an idiot. "oh, we're better than microsoft, look what we're doing! our guy sounds better than sam!! hahaha!! we call it 'spaces' and microsoft is soo stupid! i'm steve jobs, vista is waayy late, will it ever be here??? they're so stupid!" OK, Jobs, seriously, you've shamed your bsd ancestors, now stop acting like a moron and fix it. And you're not seriously trying to get into the server market are you? LAMP will woop yer a.. like the rest of them.

my thoughts

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My rants on what I use
by Owyn / October 19, 2006 11:41 PM PDT

I basically use two OS's at this time. Windows XP and Ubuntu. I have looked at, and at times extensively used, other Linii. I retired my last Win98 box (a laptop) for use as a Ubuntu based browser and utility station this year. Stopped using OS/2 about 3 years ago.

I have bumped into but never owned a Mac. Familiar with BSD (but don't actively use it) and found a suprising portability of Linux and BSD knowledge to OSX when I have had to support an application specific problem om Mac. The SWAGs I was making turned out to be correct more often than I expected.

I have been looking at Windows Vista. Not happily so far, but, with the sure knowledge that I will be forced to use or work with it in the near future. 50% within the next 6 months, 100% within the next year. By that time 100% of new retail Windows PCs will be pre-installed with Vista. I could rant, and will elsewhere, but not from the perspective of something I use.

Anyway, my hate list, not complete but the things that spring first to mind.

Windows XP hate list:

- Lack of a unified package management software for consumer use. There are many enterprise solutions for managing approved software, nothing at the consumer / OS level for general management. There is nothing even close to apt-get, Synaptic, etc.

- Reboot to complete setup? Again? Aaargh.

- Lack of adherence or forced compliance to UI guidelines. The thing I like about the Mac OSX systems I have seen is the enforced use of stnndard UI components. Apple made a very smart decision in this area.

Ubuntu hate list:

- Network management tools and compliance. Getting better but still not good enough out of the box.

- Fixing anything beyond basic video problems. You have to get down and dirty, really needs a better configure / GUI. Maybe start with xorg-edit.

- Not really Ubuntu, but conflicts with package pre-reqs at low level. e.g. App not certified beyond Python 2.4 but another app wants 2.6. Not to often, and solvable, but a pain when it happens.

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